The chair arms have been formed into a nice rolled shape and they are ready to accept padding. This will be fun and it’s easier than you may be thinking. It is certainly less exacting than most would expect. Lets get started.
There are 3 major products you can use to pad the arms of a chair. Foam, Cotton or Dacron Polyester.
Foam, 1 to 2 inches thick usually. It Gives a nice uniform shape. but it can be compressed to nothing. When Foam begins to deteriorate, it turns to dust. It’s as bad as saw dust and worse for you to breath. I wouldn’t worry though, foam will probably last through the next 2 upholstery jobs if it’s decent quality.
Cotton, This is the old stand by. It’s been around for years and it holds it’s shape amazingly well. It’s also very easy to work with. When upholstery cotton is milled, you would be surprised how little refinement it gets. That being the case, there are sometimes little twigs in the courser grades. Those little inconsistencies in the texture can show through thinner material. Get it wet and – oh man oh man – It gives off a really musty smell and it takes forever to dry.
Dacron, Does a really good job of shaping and forming your padding but you need a lot to pad an arm well. It’s too expensive to try use Dacron exclusively. By the way – this is a solid roll of Dacron – not a bag of fiber fill.
I usually use foam or cotton, with a layer of Dacron on top. It’s just my preference for appearance and keeping it’s shape.
Now that I gave an intro, I’ll start on the how to do it post next. ;)
-- Thanks for all the lessons!